Attention To Detail – Critical at Wesco For Veteran Sean Grenier


WESCO International, Inc.  |  Quick Decisions and an Attention to Detail  | 

Published in the July/August 2013 issue of print Search & Employ®  | 

Sean Grenier, director of sales for WESCO Express, served for 12 years as a Marine helicopter pilot, and he has been in the Air Force Reserve for 10 years as a C-130 pilot. His current rank is lieutenant colonel. Grenier joined WESCO in 2011 as a program manager, and was promoted to his current position in early 2013.

Grenier can trace his accomplishments at WESCO back to his military career. “I was an instructor at the USMC graduate-level weapons and tactics aviation school in Yuma, Arizona, and worked closely with DoD contractors on the development of new weapons systems,” he said. “The leadership training and logistics and planning experiences were the key skill sets required for a program management career path. When I left active duty in 2002, I completed the Program Management Professional requirements and earned PMP® certification. This along with the leadership skills learned in the USMC opened up many doors and provided a smooth transition to civilian life.” [The PMP credential is issued by the Project Management Institute (www.pmi.org.]

Grenier believes that servicemembers should take advantage of leadership opportunities. “Success and failures provide key lessons that will be with you for life. Look for leadership opportunities while still on active duty,” he said. “When opportunities to work with the contracting world present themselves, take them. These are bridges that will help you understand what to expect when you do finally decide to make the transition.”

Grenier credits his successful transition to his leadership and attention to detail. “When flying a mission overseas, I had to be intimately familiar with every aspect of the mission,” he said. “Detailed planning was crucial. It allowed for quick decisions when contingencies arose. As a project manager at WESCO, leading teams to complete the project is a great fit for me. Attention to detail was, and is still, absolutely critical.”

His success – and that of his teams – boils down to three simple ideals: “I take care of my folks first; I do what I say I am going to do; and I strive never to let my team down.”

WESCO’s support of Grenier’s reserve commitments is one reason he believes the company is a good fit for veterans. “As an active USAF Reservist, I am the chief pilot for the 757th Squadron of the 910 AW [910th Airlift Wing],” Grenier said. “WESCO is 100-percent supportive of my continued service, and I appreciate not having to worry about my job. This takes a significant amount of stress away from my life and allows me to focus on the job. I even participated in a deployment in 2012 in support of the ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Grenier has this advice for servicemembers who are considering leaving the military for civilian employment: “Start early, network, build your resume with transitional skills, and prove in the interview that you are the only choice for the position.”

He also has some ideas about how a job hunter can get established at WESCO. “Do your research, and understand what role the supply chain and distribution play,” he said. “Be willing to accept a position that may not meet your compensation requirements so you can get yourself in the door. There are many opportunities for growth within WESCO.”

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This article was written by Jay Myers